With no U.S. chain hotels in Turin, Italy we were forced to look elsewhere for our one-night stay. We ended up at the Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina, a beautiful new hotel in the heart of the city.
NH Collection is a portfolio of hotels within the NH brand that include the chain’s premier hotels. I’ve stayed at NH airport hotels before near Zurich and Munich, but this would be my first time staying at an NH city-center hotel.
The online rate was about 150EUR/night. My friend and business partner John decided to try to negotiate the rate down. He does this for sport…some people play video games for fun, but John negotiates for fun. We parked outside the hotel, walked inside, and John did his thing.
Only the guy at the front desk must not have been having a good day. He played along for a moment, then lashed out angrily at John, saying:
“I don’t care how you do things in America, but that’s not how we do them here. You can take the room at the price I’ve offered or leave! I don’t have time for this!”
Ouch, that was uncalled for! John was just asking for a better price and never brought up America or how things are done in America. The hotel appeared practically empty and no one else was in the lobby besides two other hotel colleagues standing around behind the front desk. I saw nothing wrong with John’s inquiry.
On most days, I think we would have turned around and left after an outburst like that. But we had been driving for hours and were tried. As I mentioned, the negotiation was more for sport, not because the price was too high.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Location
This hotel is located in a historic 17th century building with beautiful common areas including a picturesque courtyard in the center. The hotel is right in the heart of the city within walking distance of all major attractions.
Let me add here what a charming city Torino is.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Rooms
Our room was small, but comfortable. I loved the high ceiling and terrace outside. The beds were soft and the room had air conditioning, which was appreciated. It was 95ºF outside…
A minibar as well as a Lavazza (based in Turin) espresso machine were in the room.
In the bathroom, it looked like the hotel had forgotten to install a bidet. One of our employees, also on the trip, stayed down the hall and he had a bidet in his bathroom.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Rooms Sun Deck
On the top floor, the hotel offers a beautiful sun deck with great views of the city.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Rooms Fitness Center
The fitness center was located in the hotel’s attic. I loved the layout of the room, though the equipment was limited.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Happy Hour
Italian happy hours are a wonderful thing. I enjoyed an Aperol Spritz, my colleague a Diet Coke, and look at all appetizers that were provided with it:
Under 10EUR for all this…
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Breakfast
Breakfast was fabulous. A buffet offered a wide range of continental items and omelets were made to order. The freshly-squeezed orange juice and barista-made cappuccinos were superb. Indoor and outdoor seating were available and we enjoyed breakfast in the courtyard.
Hotel NH Collection Piazza Carlina Bar
The hotel bar is located across the hall from the lobby…I love the design.
Other than the outburst at the front desk for asking for flexibility on price, I enjoyed the hotel. With great location, great rooms, and great breakfast — I recommend it.